Always Look for the Glove Rating

September 28, 2009 at 16:30
Posted in Protective Gear

How will you know for sure if your cut resistant gloves will protect you?

You can reduce the risk of cuts using innovative technologies, advanced materials and scientifically enhanced products,  but there are no guarantees when it comes to protective products.

Luckily you can measure cut resistance. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has  developed a standard (CE EN 388) for all protective gloves used in law enforcement and military. This standard puts the gloves through torturous tests. These tests include abrasion, blade cuts, punctures, tear, impact and dexterity.

From these tests, the gloves are given a rating ranging from Level 1 (the least protection) to Level 5 (the toughest protection). I really can’t stress just how important it is to check this rating. Don’t be fooled by companies who self-certify their own gloves, skip the rating or only display the CEN-certified logo rather than the rating. Self-certification only ensures there are no harmful chemicals in the gloves.

The best protection you have is to check the rating and ensure it meets the standards for your circumstances.